HIST328 Modern Europe in War and Peace: 1918 to Yesterday

Updated: 16 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or HINQ or HIST or RELS or any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions HIST121 or HIST228
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Richard Scully (rscully@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit identifies and examines circumstances leading up to, and consequences of, major instances of turmoil and transition in twentieth and early twenty-first century Europe. The period begins with the First World War, and the Russian Revolution of 1917. Later issues include: the interwar period; Fascism in Italy and Germany; the Spanish Civil War; the origins and outcomes of the Second World War; the Cold War in Europe; European integration; the collapse of Soviet and European communism; and post-communist conditions since 1990. Throughout the unit, attention is given to both eastern and western Europe.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century

ISBN: 9780679757047
Mazower, M., Vintage Books 2000

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945

ISBN: 9780099542032
Judt, T., Random House 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 10% 500
Assessment Notes

Quiz, Select Response Questions

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Compulsory Assessment 2 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Essay Plan

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 3 60% 3000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand the non-linear and unpredictable nature of this period of European history;
  2. understand the causes and outcomes of war and revolution in Europe during this period, as well as imperatives for and actions promoting both European division and integration;
  3. identify and critically interpret a variety of documentary historical sources;
  4. appreciate and analyse aspects of historical debate;
  5. research and present well-constructed, well-referenced and well-written history essays and exercises; and
  6. communicate effectively their understanding of various issues and topics related to the history of twentieth century Europe.